Screen Worlds: The story of film, television and digital culture

Screen Worlds: The Story of Film, Television and Digital Culture is a unique, interactive and immersive exhibition charting the past, present and future of the moving image. Within core themes, Emergence, Voices, and Sensation, it dynamically illustrates how each form of the moving image has emerged as a powerful creative medium.

Art Exhibition previously on at ACMI - Australian Centre for the Moving Image in Melbourne precinct, Victoria, Australia.
From Thursday 01 January 2009 to Thursday 01 January 2015

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Featuring highlights of early film to unforgettable TV moments and the latest in digital lifestyle, the exhibition spans the diversity of entertainment and creativity that makes the moving image the dominant cultural force that it is today.

Visitors can follow the development of the moving image, and discover the significant contribution of Australians
to its story. They can engage with spectacular immersive exhibits, play classic and contemporary videogames and celebrate the lives of prominent Australian film and television personalities and see their treasures.

Australians are featured throughout the exhibition, with a particular focus in fourteen dedicated displays on key moving image makers. With exclusive new interviews and never before seen personal memorabilia, the Australian spotlights are:

  • Animal Logic (Visual Effects)
  • Jill Bilcock (Editor)
  • Cate Blanchett (Actor)
  • Rolf de Heer (Writer, Director, Producer)
  • Christopher Doyle (Cinematographer)
  • Yoram Gross (Animator)
  • Reg Grundy (Television Entrepreneur)
  • David Gulpilil (Actor)
  • Krome StudiosTM (Videogame Developers)
  • Baz Luhrmann and Catherine Martin (Director and Production Designer)
  • Chris Masters (Journalism)
  • George Miller (Director)
  • Tracey Moffat (Artist)
  • Sue Smith and John Alsop (Writers)

As well as the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander content exhibited throughout Screen Worlds, ACMI has commissioned a specific section devoted to Indigenous representation on screen from some of the earliest moving image footage until today. Dreaming in Colour celebrates Indigenous artists working in the moving image and has been curated by Indigenous practitioners working in the industry.

Exhibition highlights include:

  • Costumes and models from Baz Luhrmann’s Moulin Rouge!
  • A Lumière Cinématographe, the rare camera/projector that marks film’s arrival, 1896
  • Dexter the Robot from Perfect Match
  • Geoffrey Rush’s sword and necklace from The Pirates of the Caribbean
  • The Rocket Clock from Play School, plus Humpty, Jemima and more!
  • Ned Kelly armour worn by Heath Ledger
  • A replica of the iconic Interceptor car from Mad Max
  • The original censor’s horn from Graham Kennedy’s In Melbourne Tonight
  • Yoram Gross’ original animation table used to produce Dot and the Kangaroo
  • Dazzling three-screen Sound and Vision Room, made in collaboration with Baz Luhrmann, Philip Noyce and Zhang Yimou
  • Krome Studio’s TY the Tasmanian Tiger™ Zoetrope – stunning 3D zoetrope with almost 300 different models used to create the illusion
  • Interactive Timeslice – surrounded by 36 cameras enter this pod for a full body interactive that can make you look like Hugo Weaving dodging bullets in The Matrix
  • Pong vs Tennis – team up with a friend and play retro-style vs wireless videogame and see who wins
  • Film and TV award statuettes, including Oscars, Golden Globes, BAFTAs, AFI Awards, Logies and much more

Designed by world leaders in gallery and museum design, London’s Ab Rogers Design, in collaboration with Melbourne’s Denton Corker Marshall (DCM), the new gallery occupies 1,600 square metres in ACMI and marks the completion of a year of construction works and four years of planning.

The exhibition is the cornerstone of the development project which also includes a second special exhibition space, two new state-of-the-art production studios, the recently announced Australian Mediatheque resource centre, and external exhibition space, the Video Garden.